Turning 75! 1942 Was A Good Year!
Brian turns seventy-five. We looked it up and that's older than dirt! We celebrated anyway! The Skeggs are wonderful hosts providing a great meal and live entertainment... We rocked out all night!
Brian's birthday happens to occur on Guy Hawkes" Day which is a "holiday" in the UK and the holiday has been morphing for the past 500 years!
Let's Get Started!
Brian's birthday is easy to remember... Look to the skies!
Did You Know? - Guy Fawkes (/??a? ?f??ks/; 13 April 1570 ? 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Fawkes was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years' War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers in the Low Countries. He traveled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England without success. He later met Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England.
Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. The plotters leased an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured and eventually confessed. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes fell from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the mutilation that followed.
Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, the failure of which has been commemorated in Britain since 5 November 1605. His effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, commonly accompanied by a fireworks display.
Guido met us at the entrance...
We dropped a penny in the cup out of fear!
Someone was busy with photographs!!
The man of the hour! Actually 657,000 hours!
The party really gets underway!
Meeting and greeting is the first order of business!
So powerful, he can turn off the Sun!
Really... They haven't seen each other in days!
We thought everybody was looking at the sunset!
Lot's of work went into the decorations!
Guy really gets around!
Did You Know? - In 1604 Fawkes became involved with a small group of English Catholics, led by Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate the Protestant King James and replace him with his daughter, third in the line of succession, Princess Elizabeth.
Fawkes was described by the Jesuit priest and former school friend Oswald Tesimond as "pleasant of approach and cheerful of manner, opposed to quarrels and strife ... loyal to his friends". Tesimond also claimed Fawkes was "a man highly skilled in matters of war", and that it was this mixture of piety and professionalism that endeared him to his fellow conspirators.
The author Antonia Fraser describes Fawkes as "a tall, powerfully built man, with thick reddish-brown hair, a flowing moustache in the tradition of the time, and a bushy reddish-brown beard", and that he was "a man of action ... capable of intelligent argument as well as physical endurance, somewhat to the surprise of his enemies."
Mad rush to the buffet!
Some of us watched the sun set into the west!
It got quiet for a little bit...
A delightful meal it was!
look... No food fight!
"Over the teeth and through the gums,
lookout tonsils, here it comes!"
A beautiful couple indeed!
What is Jennifer up too?
Neal and Nita getting ready to dance
The prime rib was outstanding
Seconds (or thirds) anyone?
Too busy eating!
Is Jennifer giving us the secret signal?
We will keep an eye on her!
Who are the first to take to the floor? Duh!
Beware of falling parts om the floor
No encouragement needed with this group!
Adult supervision provided for free
Irene spots the cameraman and....
The secret sign to "Stop The Photos Already!"
Kathy does the "Beach Boys Twirl"
Dance lessons provided for free...
Only one requirement, DO NOT LAUGH!
It's a family thing!
Kick those heals... Life those bales!
"What did he say?"
The crowd watches with amazement as Brian rises...
...and he is back in the game!
Checkout those shoes... Right out of the 50's!
...and read 6...7...8...
...and in the corner position!
The birthday boy is moving with the music...
Our Fearless Leader
Fearless Leader admires his feet!
The hands are helpful in keeping his balance!